Falling Behind

by Joker's Republic

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released April 27, 2019

Austen Gray: Songwriter/Guitars/Lead Vocals
Billy Smolen: Bass/Vocals
Patrick Elwood: Drums/Vocals
Dave Barry: Keys
Ryan Weil: Gang Vocals
Brian Rechter: Gang Vocals
Becky Sudul: Gang Vocals
Co-Produced by Austen Gray and Ryan Weil
Recorded and Engineered by Ryan Weil at Weilhouse Productions in Middletown, NJ
Mastered by David Irish at Pot Of Gold Recording
Gang Vocals provided by Backyard Superheroes
"Three Little Birds" originally written by Robert Nesta Marley

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Track Name: American't Dream
There’s nothing free in the home of the brave
The air we breathe has a cost and that’s frankly insane
The “ka-ching” of the register is all that we crave
And if you ain’t got no money then you better start digging your own grave
So much for the land of opportunity

So much for the “American Dream”
There’s no such thing as ”starting from the bottom”
When the best thing you can hope for is to keep yourself from going under
Barely keep your head above the water
And to top it off you’ll always wonder
How you made it through every blunder

Don’t ask for help you won’t get far
Don’t ask for anything... HANDS UP! STAY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE!
Don’t try to make a better life you’ll get shut down on the spot When the economic pressure is so heavy you got no choice BUT ROT!

So much for the land of opportunity
So much for the “American Dream”
There’s no such thing as ”starting from the bottom”
When the best thing you can hope for is to keep yourself from going under
Barely keep your head above the water
And to top it off you’ll always wonder
How you made it through every blunder

And the problem is the state of mind
Of the people in this country who say “I got mine, FUCK YOU!”

So much for the land of opportunity
So much for the “American Dream”
There’s no such thing as ”starting from the bottom”
When the best thing you can hope for is to keep yourself from going under
Barely keep your head above the water
And to top it off you’ll always wonder
How you made it through every blunder
Track Name: Mannequins
Every morning you look in the mirror
Think to yourself “Well hey, did you lose weight?”
Turn on the news and listen to the talking heads
Spoutin’ bullshit about how your country’s great
You go to work at a dead-end job
And tell your boss that you love it there
With a face that says your personally invested in the cause
But inside you know you just don’t care

We’re all just a bunch of mannequins
Fake-ass stand-ins for a human heart and soul
When did lying through your teeth become the social norm?
Why can’t we be ourselves? Why can’t we tell the truth?

When you’re in charge of your own life
You’re expected to act a certain way
And the moment that you break rank and try to mix it up
You’re the misfit that everyone hates
If you think that people care ‘bout what you think
Take a seat and pay attention for a master class
It doesn’t matter how you really feel,
People want smoke blown up their ass

We’re all just a bunch of mannequins
Fake-ass stand-ins for a human heart and soul
When did lying through your teeth become the social norm?
Why can’t we be ourselves? Why can’t we tell the truth?

Whatever happened to genuine?
That’s all I aspire to be
And I know there’s gotta be a few of you out there
But it seems like we’re a dying breed

We’re all just a bunch of mannequins
Fake-ass stand-ins for a human heart and soul
When did lying through your teeth become the social norm?
Why can’t we be ourselves? Why can’t we tell the...

We’re all just a bunch of mannequins
Fake-ass stand-ins for a human heart and soul
When did lying through your teeth become the social norm?
Why can’t we be ourselves? Why can’t we tell the truth?
Track Name: Talking To Strangers (feat. Dave Barry)
Don’t mind me, mom and dad
I’m just gonna talk to strangers
In a quasi-care free get rich quick scheme that doesn’t pay much at all
Don’t mind us, mom and dad
We’re just gonna talk to strangers
In a language only understood by those who came before us in this game

The beat of the upbeat is the beat of the Republic
Straight out of Jersey causing the butterflies in your stomach
Objectively we tryin’ to get you to let your hair down
And if you don’t got hair that’s cool let me see you Skankin’ now

I wear my heart out on my sleeve
I play my ass of trying to get you to care about me
That’s what I wanna do for a living
But even when some people see it for themselves they can’t accept that it’s a thing

Don’t mind me, mom and dad
I’m just gonna talk to strangers
In a quasi-care free get rich quick scheme that doesn’t pay much at all
Don’t mind us, mom and dad
We’re just gonna talk to strangers
In a language only understood by those who came before us in this game

The world don’t understand our struggle
Art is shunned on a daily basis, creative minds are forced to crumble
Practicality takes all precedence
And if you try to stay to the left of the dial then all you’re gonna get is the static hiss of ignorance

Don’t mind me, mom and dad
I’m just gonna talk to strangers
In a quasi-care free get rich quick scheme that doesn’t pay much at all
Don’t mind us, mom and dad
We’re just gonna talk to strangers
In a language only understood by those who came before us in this game

Take my advice you’re not alone and I know what you’re feeling now
Can’t let the sound of the people around you go and bring you down
I hear them say I’m doing nothing but throwing my life away
But I don’t care about no skeptic or what they got to say
‘Cause all it takes to make a scene is some unity
One love for all and some respect for the community
'Cause all it takes to make a scene is some unity
We gotta come together make sure we’re heard, seen?

Don’t mind me, mom and dad
(Go with the flow of the Ska-Punk sound waves)
I’m just gonna talk to strangers
(Blazin’ the trail can‘t look back gotta be brave)
In a quasi-care free get rich quick scheme that doesn’t pay much at all
Don’t mind us, mom and dad
(Go with the flow of the Ska-Punk sound waves)
We’re just gonna talk to strangers
(Dance to the beat of the heart of the new wave)
In a language only understood by those who came before us in this game

“Don’t mind us, I fucked up the words.”
Track Name: Three Little Birds
Don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright
Singin’ don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright

Woke up this morning, smiled with the rising sun
Three little birds pitched by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs about melodies pure and true
Sayin’ “This is my messge to you.”

Singin’ don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright
Singin’ don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright

Woke up this morning, smiled with the rising sun
Three little birds pitched by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs about melodies pure and true
Sayin’ “This is my messge to you.”

Don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright
Singin’ don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright

Rise up this morning, and smiled with that rising sun
Those three little birds pitched by my doorstep
Singin’ their sweet songs about melodies pure and true
Sayin’ “This is my messge to you.”

Don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright
Singin’ don’t wory about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright

We may be the “Elected Representatives”, but each and every one of you is the Joker’s Republic...and we can not do this without your support!
One nation, under SKA, and together we will SAVE ROCK AND ROLL!!!

Don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright
Singin’ don’t wory about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright
SIngin’ don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna
Singin’ don’t wory about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright
Singin’ don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright
Singin’ don’t wory about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright

It’s gonna be okay
It’s gonna be alright

One Love. One Heart.
Track Name: Trump Card
I’m gonna build a wall in my narcissistic mind
I’m gonna force them out ‘cause they are not my kind
I’m not a politician I say it like it is
The system’s broken and it’s rigged unless I win

I’m playing the Trump card to shake things up

They like to call us “them city folk, the liberal elite”
But now I kinda wish I was a deadbeat
Raised up on ignorance and born in the belly of the beast
Shouting the loudest to drown out sanity

The country’s fading fast, so let’s make it great again
But I will never tell who, what, why, how, or when
I can’t believe that you all bought into my lie
But now we’re here and it’s too late to change your mind

You’re playing the Trump card to shake things up

They like to call us “them cityfolk, the liberal elite”
But now I kinda wish I was a deadbeat
Raised up on ignorance and born in the belly of the beast
Shouting the loudest to drown out sanity

We put a reality TV star
In charge of the world’s greatest superpower
We’re fucked now the country’s a Hollywood set
And the eyes of the world watch us riot and fret
‘Cause we played the Trump card to shake things up

They like to call us “them cityfolk, the liberal elite”
But now I kinda wish I was a deadbeat
Raised up on ignorance and born in the belly of the beast
Shouting the loudest to drown out sanity

To drown out sanity
I WANNA SHOUT THE LOUDEST TO DROWN OUT SANITY!
(No Trump. No KKK. No Facist USA.)
Track Name: Politics Belong In Punk Rock
What was the point of bands like The Damned, The DK’s and The
Clash
When mainstream radio was run by super groups?
Punk Rock’s a force for change, it’s dangerous, it always was and should be
How soon we all forget where the movement started from?

Politics belong in Punk Rock
Politics are the foundations of Punk Rock
Just because we don’t agree doesn’t have to mean we can’t be friends
That’s the point. We have our own opinions
Punk Rock should make you think

I’m sure you’ve noticed crazy people on both sides
Social justice is important, but let’s not lose our fucking minds
And calling people “snowflakes” makes you look like you’re a jerk
Holy shit...(EVERYONE SUCKS!)
Nobody ever shuts up, they drive us all berserk

But we need an open forum of discussion
We need a place where everyone is free to speak their minds
We lose sight of the truth when we silence those who disagree
Freedom of speech only works when you are truly free

Politics belong in Punk Rock
Politics are the foundations of Punk Rock
Just because we don’t agree doesn’t have to mean we can’t be friends
That’s the point. We have our own opinions
Punk Rock should make you think

Pick it up, pick it up, pick it up, pick it up Pick it up-up-up!

Politics belong in Punk Rock
Politics are the foundations of Punk Rock
Just because we don’t agree doesn’t have to mean we can’t be friends
That’s the point. We have our own opinions
Punk Rock should make you think

Politics belong in Punk Rock
Politics are the foundations of Punk Rock
Just because we don’t agree doesn’t have to mean we can’t be friends
That’s the point. We have our own opinions
PUNK ROCK SHOULD MAKE YOU THINK!
Track Name: Migraine
I’ve got a headache right behind my eyes
It only goes away when I desensitize
Someone pass the reefer this is madness in my head
Oh I can’t take the pain or longing anymore I need another shot
Of something that will cure me, and even though I like to think
That it’s for fun deep down inside I know I wanna run away from

Everyone that I hold dear
(Everyone I love oh)
Everything that I don’t need to survive
(Everything that never fails to bring me down)
The stress is just too much, and I know that this is wrong
But I just need a break from the world outside my door

Sensory overload.
Can’t even hear myself THINK anymore
As if I ever could it’s very easy to forget
What independent thought can lead to when it’s not instant regret
Pretty please give me what I need the pressure’s way too high
It makes me wanna leave behind

Everyone that I hold dear
(Everyone I love oh)
Everything that I don’t need to survive
(Everything that never fails to bring
me down)
The stress is just too much, and I know that this is wrong
But I just need a break from the world outside my door

I don’t have a lot of time for anything but struggle, work, or pain in my life
I’m not in a good frame of mind. It’s only now that I began to really try
To fix all my problems and I just realized that I’m not ready to die
But I still need a way to get by
In the meantime...shoot up ‘till I’m blind To the pain!

I’ve got to get away from
Everyone that I hold dear
Everything that I don’t need to survive
The stress is just too much, and I know that this is wrong
But I just need a break from the world outside my door

GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!!
Track Name: Indecisively Indifferent
Take a step back for a minute,
For a minute just to think
Think of what you wanna do don’t just throw it back to me
Not again, you always leave it up to me
Come back down off your high back into reality
Where you own all of your mistakes an take responsibility
Oh that’s right, you’re never wrong.
My mistake.

You want my help with what’s in store
But I’ve been burned once or twice before

What do I think? I’m Indecisively Indifferent
(What does that even mean)
I don’t know, and I don’t care, so don’t ask me anymore
I’ve had enough of this drama for one lifetime
Take control of yourself, I won’t be standing by

Hey, what’s that sound?
Sounding off like a call to open arms
It’s another fake, another lie, another fuckin’ cause for alarm It’s a trap set up to kill
Ring the bell let them know that you’re on another tear
Let them know that you’re incapable, a hypocrite, and scared
Oh my god, I can’t believe that you exist

But you sucked me into caring once again
And I’m just counting down the seconds to the end

What do I think? I’m Indecisively Indifferent
(What does that even mean)
I don’t know, and I don’t care, so don’t ask me anymore
I’ve had enough of this drama for one lifetime
Take control of yourself, I won’t be standing by

I don’t wanna be that guy
The one who went and left you out to dry
But if you don’t care, then why should I?
You can’t be bothered now to even try for yourself

What do I think? I’m Indecisively Indifferent
(What does that even mean)
I don’t know, and I don’t care, so don’t ask me anymore
I’ve had enough of this bullshit for one lifetime
Take control of yourself, I won’t be standing by

I won’t be standing by
No I won’t stand by you no more
I won’t be standing by
No I won’t stand by you no more
Track Name: Grow Up
Take a look in front of you, I can almost guarantee I know just what
you’ll see
You’ll see a man who doesn’t know the basic rules on how to be a human being
But can you even justify yourself in calling me a man
When all I’ve ever done is fuck shit up and creep out all my friends?

Oh here we go again. Not again with all the self-hatred
Can’t you try to find another thing to bitch about my friend?
Not when it never ceases to be true

Grow up is all I wanted to do when I was young,
But now I find myself with a mic on stage and my foot stuck in my mouth
Grow up stop being melodramatic
And heading South across the lines that I should know by now were there and drawn all this time

And the saddest part about this feeling that I’m singing ‘bout
It never comes as a surprise to me
When you’re forced to sit there and absorb all of the feelings of
Regret for all your past mistakes, plus the extra burning...

Of inadequacy and stupidity
Why can’t I ever seem to learn from these things?

Grow up is all I wanted to do when I was young,
But now I find myself with a mic on stage and my foot stuck in my mouth
Grow up stop being melodramatic
And heading South across the lines that I should know by now were there and drawn all this time

Grow up is all I wanted to do when I was young,
But now I find myself with a mic on stage and my foot stuck in my mouth
Grow up stop being melodramatic
And heading South across the lines that I should know by now were there and drawn

Grow up is all I wanted to do when I was young,
But now I find myself with a mic on stage and my foot stuck in my mouth
Grow up stop being melodramatic
And heading South across the lines that I should know by now were there and drawn all this time
Track Name: Just Don't
Just don’t do it
If I were you I’d’ve tried to let this go by (Just don’t do it)
To step aside and let the sleeping dogs lie
(Just don’t do it) Just don’t do it
Don’t you have respect for yourself?
Just don’t do it
You had your chances to go and prove us all wrong (Just don’t do it)
But now I think it’s time to knock it off
(Just don’t do it) Just don’t do it
Don’t you have respect for yourself?
Just don’t

“Know when to quit” is more than just colloquial
The situation calling for this tip ain’t hypothetical
Something that has changed your life forever stands in front of you
And not for better or worse, only detrimental
And I guess it’s tempting to turn and get back what you lost
To attempt to recuperate, eliminate the cost
Cause in your head you’re unprepared for the tax of instability imposed on you
But I gotta tell you now you’re better off....

Just don’t do it
If I were you I’d’ve tried to let this go by (Just don’t do it)
To step aside and let the sleeping dogs lie
(Just don’t do it) Just don’t do it
Don’t you have respect for yourself?
Just don’t do it
You had your chances to go and prove us all wrong (Just don’t do it)
But now I think it’s time to knock it off
(Just don’t do it) Just don’t do it
Don’t you have respect for yourself?
Just don’t

So now you find yourself here, and yeah you’re all alone
Filling up the hole in your heart with busywork I’m told
Propelling yourself forward as you run away from ever-present hurt
Might be unhealthy but hey, at least you’re not in the dirt
But you’ll just keep keep pushing yourself and hope the pain will fade
away
You’ll just keep pushing yourself and say “I’ll be okay”
That’s the most overtly false “liar liar, pants on fire” statement that I’ve ever made
(‘Cause I don’t know when to quit!)

Just don’t do it
If I were you I’d’ve tried to let this go by (Just don’t do it)
To step aside and let the sleeping dogs lie
(Just don’t do it) Just don’t do it
Don’t you have respect for yourself?
Just don’t do it
You had your chances to go and prove us all wrong (Just don’t do it)
But now I think it’s time to knock it off
(Just don’t do it) Just don’t do it
Don’t you have respect for yourself?
Just don’t do it

Just don’t do it

I can’t do it
I should really try to let this one go by (I can’t do it)
To step aside and let the sleeping dogs lie
(I can’t do it) I can’t do it
I don’t have respect for myself
I can’t do it
I had my chances to go and prove you all wrong (I can’t do it)
But now I just can’t seem to knock it off
(I can’t do it) I can’t do it
I don’t have respect for myself
I can’t do it...

I can’t do it
I can’t do it... I can’t do it
I don’t have respect for myself I can’t do it!

I can’t do it
I can’t do it... I can’t do it
I don’t have respect for myself I can’t do it!
Track Name: Falling Behind
Listen to this song
Do you hear the progression flying passing by?
It’s only four freaking chords, I’ve never had to do that before
And stupid lines and melodies recycled from the other songs I wrote already
I guess I’m running out of words
But the point I’m trying to get across to you is that I’ve never had a stronger urge or felt a greater sense of urgency
To get a message out of me to get these superficial seeming feelings off my chest
If I don’t do it now I might explode

I was running out of breath running after you
Time wasn’t on my side, I didn’t know what to do
I tried to follow close but I kept falling behind
You’re moving on and I can’t get you out of my...

My mind
My Mind
My Mind
My Mind
My Mind
My Mind

I know I’m wasting my time
Trying to get to you, you don’t want anything to do with me
And that’s a certainty it doesn’t take a lens to see
But I can’t just shake the feeling that there’s gonna be another epilogue being written on top of the ending to our story,
The one that I was working hard to end correctly
You know, the book that you’ve been closing not-so gently?
And as cliché as it is to say
I hope this feeling goes away cause...

I was running out of breath running after you
Time wasn’t on my side, I didn’t know what to do
I tried to follow close but I kept falling behind
You’re moving on and I can’t get you out of my...

My mind
My Mind
My Mind
My Mind
My Mind
My Mind

I was running out of breath running after you
Time wasn’t on my side, I didn’t know what to do
I tried to follow close but I kept falling behind
You’re moving on and I can’t get you out...

I was running out of breath running after you
Time wasn’t on my side, I didn’t know what to do
I tried to follow close but I kept falling behind
You’re moving on and I can’t get you out of my...

My mind
My Mind
My Mind
My Mind
My Mind
My Mind....

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